Climate change

Copenhagen Climate-Change Conference 7-18 December 2009

The International Copenhagen Climate-Change Conference was held from 7 to 18 December 2009. This conference was under the umbrella of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions requires a concertation and commitment at global level of all parties – developed and developing countries. The Council Conclusions on the position of the EU were adopted on 21 October 2009 in Luxembourg. Despite the international efforts, no legally-binding agreement could be signed by the Parties, leaving the current Kyoto Protocol in force until end 2012. European industry leaders welcomed on 21 July 2010 the call of the European Commission for a possible 30% reduction in gas emissions by 2020. The UN negotiations are expected to continue in the autumn with the next Climate Conference (COP16) in Mexico from 29 November to 10 December. The objective is to advance negotiations on the basis of the Copenhagen Accord.

EFBA Position:

EFBA strongly supported the signature of a complete global agreement on the climate-change issues during the Copenhagen Conference. EFBA wants to stress that agricultural and farming activities have a key role to play in climate change and greenhouse-gas emissions reduction. Although fur farming is only a small part of the agricultural sector, it can play its role as well. European fur farmers will be encouraged to contribute to this objective.